The GoPro HERO* set a new standard in wearable, mountable HD cameras. Capable of producing professional quality still-shots and moving images, this tiny form-factor camera is light enough to mount on a helmet or strap on a wrist, and sturdy enough to suction-cup to the front of a speeding locomotive. Its fixed-focus lens and high-definition output makes it the choice of professional adrenaline junkies and action sports enthusiasts the world over.
The GoPro 3D HERO System builds on the original HERO concept, giving users the ability to mount two HERO cameras side-by-side to shoot eye-popping stereo 3D footage. The included GoPro CineForm Studio* software—optimized for the Intel® Core™ i7 processor—makes editing and sharing 3D footage a breeze.
HIGH-IMPACT 3D SELF-FILMING
Pro Snowboarder Tim Humphreys is no stranger to GoPro cameras and GoPro CineForm Studio software. He’s been self-filming his shredding since picking up a HERO in 2010. His first GoPro footage, which you can watch at www. youtube.com/watch?v= EaHswmKKW1w, is remarkable for a number of reasons: Throughout the run, Humphreys shot handheld, which gives the impression that he’s bolted onto the end of the camera, not the other way around; his skills as a snowboarder are jaw-dropping; and the edit, which is made up of straight cuts between forward- and backward-facing camera work, captures the spirit of the run perfectly.
Capturing the thrill of a moment and sharing it as quickly and easily as possible is what it’s all about for Humphreys. “Spending seconds instead of minutes on the video editing and production process gives me more time on my board and on the mountain,” he said.
Shooting with a GoPro 3D HERO system gives Humphreys the ability to make high-impact 3D movies, and because HERO cameras are impossibly small, he can mount them to his helmet or snowboard, strap them on a glove, or wear them across his chest to get incredible point-of-view 3D footage.
ACCELERATED EDITING, PLAYBACK, AND CONVERSION
Bringing two streams of 720p HD video into a computer and editing it, while getting smooth full frame-rate playback, requires a lot of processing muscle. GoPro cameras come with CineForm Studio, easy-to-use video editing software that can handle 2D and 3D footage. The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows* and Mac OS*, and CineForm recommends an Intel Core i7 processor to give it the power to tackle the processor-intensive demands of 3D footage.
Humphreys has used both Windows-based notebooks and a MacBook* Pro, all equipped with Intel Core i7 processors to power CineForm Studio while he’s still on the slopes. CineForm Studio in conjunction with the Intel Core i7 processor give Humphreys all he needs to work on his footage whenever and wherever he wants.
GoPro engineers tuned and optimized CineForm Studio for Intel Core i7 processors using the Intel® Media Software Development Kit (Intel® Media SDK), which let them tap into Intel® Quick Sync Video on-chip media processing and conversion. Intel Quick Sync Video greatly accelerates H.264 encoding and conversion, which means that Humphreys’ 3D footage loads faster, converts to editing-friendly CineForm AVI or MOV files in a wink, and plays back smoothly during editing. “Intel Quick Sync Video offloads all the video transcoding with the GoPro software, freeing up my processor to do multiple tasks at once, allowing me to make better use of my time,” Humphreys said.
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology further boosts performance on Humphreys’ computers by enabling each processor thread to handle a different task. This in turn lets CineForm Studio perform at its best, delivering faster transfer, load, and import speeds while other programs are running. “I can choose my settings and quickly convert the clips I want to work with,” said Humphreys. “The GoPro CineForm Studio software lets you batch process everything with an intuitive step-by-step process.”
GoPro CineForm Studio lets you make simple adjustments—such as trimming clips or creating slow-motion effects—or perform more advanced tasks such as color correction. It also gives you the ability to preview and monitor 3D clips on a 3D-enabled monitor or TV. If you want to dive into more advanced editing, CineForm Studio can export CineForm 422-format clips that can be imported into more full-featured video-editing applications, such as Adobe Premiere Pro*, Apple Final Cut Pro*, Avid Media Composer*, Sony Vegas*, and more.
The Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Quick Sync Video also lets Humphreys quickly work with 3D images in the GoPro CineForm Studio software. “I have a wide range of 3D convergence settings to work with,” Humphreys said, “And I have the option to choose from multiple types of 3D views for different viewing platforms. For me it’s all about producing eye-popping 3D effects.”
Watching Humphreys’ GoPro footage, the stabilization is immediately evident—the movement is smooth, even though Humphreys is doing some crazy shredding, going airborne, spinning, and otherwise ripping up the slopes on his board, all while holding his HERO camera. Intel Quick Sync Video helped GoPro CineForm Studio enhance visual quality by capturing images at 60 frames-per-second, while eliminating camera shake. “The software gives me more frames to work with,” Humphrey said. “I can slow it down to 30 frames-per-second, which allows me to capture all the action in a crisp, up-close and personal way. It makes my wildest ideas possible.”
“Intel® Quick Sync Video offloads all the video transcoding with the GoPro software, freeing up my processor to do multiple tasks at once, allowing me to make better use of my time.”
— Tim Humphreys, pro snowboarder
POWER TO SPARE, MORE TIME TO SHRED
Nothing disrupts the creative flow like a dead battery in the middle of nowhere or on the slopes. “I spend a lot of time on the mountains where I can’t recharge my notebook,” Humphreys said. “I need a powerful notebook that has a long battery life.” Luckily, his computers’ Intel Core i7 processors take advantage of integrated Power Aware Interrupt Routing for increased power savings, resulting in lower idle power output that saves energy for more demanding applications—or for editing 3D video on a mountainside in the snow.
“I spend a lot of time chasing the snow, with an average day being at least a twelve-hour mission,” Humphreys said. “Every minute I can shave off transcoding and rendering video in my timelines allows me to focus on my riding.”
GoPro CineForm Studio gives him the ability to share completed video clips with friends, colleagues, and the world by exporting MP4/H.264 files that can be uploaded to social media sites such as YouTube and GoPro.com. And because the software takes advantage of media processing capabilities of Intel Quick Sync Video on Intel Core i7 processors, the export process takes seconds, giving Humphreys more time to do what he loves—hitting the slopes.
Tim Humphreys—Pro Snowboarder
After turning pro in 2007, Tim Humphreys has finished in the top 10 of 13 international events, including three Winter X Games. For his best performance, he earned top honors in the Air & Style Games in Munich. At press time, he had just picked up a new GoPro HERO* 3—the newest GoPro that’s capable of shooting 120 frames per second 720p HD video as well as Ultra HD—4K-resolution HD video that was formerly the exclusive purview of digital cinema cameras such as the RED ONE*, which costs 50 times more than a HERO 3.
For details on CineForm Studio see: gopro.com/3d-cineform-studio-how-it-works/
By Dominic Milano